Tomorrow, March 2nd is the annual celebration of the NEA’s Read Across America Day, in conjunction with the celebration of the birthday of beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss. This celebration was created by the NEA (National Education Association) as an annual ‘reading and motivation awareness program’ to bring reading to the forefront and encourage kids (of every age) to read-not only on this special day, but also in hopes that they read every day. Participating is easy! All you have to do is read!! Set aside some time to read with your family, read by yourself, whatever you can do in your own way to promote reading. I am hosting a little birthday party for Dr. Seuss (and posting pics later!), all while making sure there are lots of books on-hand to read (and probably some snacks).
What are your favorite Dr. Seuss titles? A favorite from when I was younger- Fox in Socks.
With the new Lorax movie coming out, The Lorax would be a great read-aloud before taking your family to see the film version. (I especially love this book because of the conversations it encourages about taking care of the world we live in.) Dr. Seuss has written something for everyone. Dr. Seuss’ beginning reader books are perfect for emerging readers who are playing with and figuring out language. The rhymes and ‘silly’ words of Dr. Seuss help them to develop important early literacy skills like phonemic awareness (understanding of letters and sounds), identifying rhyme, and fluency (how you sound when you read). Best of all, these books are fun! They are engaging and motivating to young readers. He has also written many picture books for older readers, with more complex story lines and a few political/ethical messages too-perfect for conversations at the dinner table!
Also read The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel grew up to become Dr. Seuss by Kathleen Krull. This picture book biography is a great read to find out more about the boy who became the well-known author.
So, get out your Dr. Seuss books and enjoy some time reading tomorrow! There are tons of resources on the web, including Seussville-the official Dr. Seuss site. And, here are some more Read Across America suggestions from one of my past blog posts.
Enjoy reading- either by yourself, with a friend, or with your family! You’re never too old (or young) for a little Dr. Seuss!!
Angela (a readingteachermom)